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SAITEX 2015 SA proves beneficial for Mauritius with bulk orders received

SAITEX 2015 SA proves beneficial for Mauritius with bulk orders received

Bulk orders of LED television sets, made in Mauritius for the Zimbabwean and Mozambican markets, is one of the positive developments for Mauritian exhibitors from the Southern African International Trade exhibition (SAITEX) 2015.

According to Enterprise Mauritius, the outcome of Mauritius’ participation in SAITEX 2015 is positive, with orders to the tune of Rs 8 mn received, but the figure is lower compared to SAITEX 2014 where orders stood at Rs 15 mn.

However, there is still scope for further orders, with negotiations in progress to try for further opportunities.

The SAITEX is the biggest business and networking opportunities event in the continent, showcasing a wide range of products that include non-food retail products. The event throws open an exclusive platform where the right kind of buyers meet relevant sellers, and each is entitled to a gala networking event dedicated to business development.

The event was attended by about twenty Mauritian SMEs, led by Enterprise Mauritius to participate in SAITEX 2015 from 21 till 23 June. A little earlier, around mid-June, 42 Mauritian companies were exposed to the ‘Source Africa’ exhibition, the annual fair for textiles, clothing and footwear.

The SAITEX exhibition, which is an international fair, acts as an avenue for the export of products and services trade in Africa and at the international level.

The presence of Mauritius at SAITEX 2015 allowed the island economy to improve its visibility in South Africa, in line with the strategy of developing the export market.

The event allowed Mauritian companies not only to emphasize their products and services but also to interact with industry leaders.

The participants were able to strengthen contacts with existing customers, identify new buyers, and spread their network in Africa.

Among companies which participated in this fair, there were firms from electronics, textile, crafts, chemicals, jewellery and services sector.

The fair attracts approximately one thousand exhibitors from about 45 countries, who present products in more than 4,000 categories with approximately 20,000 visitors worldwide.
Participation in these events forms part of the strategy of Enterprise Mauritius to strengthen export markets and expand in the South African market.

Finally, it is to be noted that at ‘Source Africa 2015′, orders of Rs 16 mn were received and Rs 20 mn were garnered from negotiations.

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